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THE ORIGINAL THREE TENORS CONCERT

In all honesty, I can say that I’ve never been much of an opera fan. The few operas that I attempted to watch on PBS left me cold, and I’ve never been to a live performance. Well, after viewing THE ORIGINAL THREE TENORS CONCERT ($30), I began to reevaluate my earlier dismissal of opera. The DVD of THE ORIGINAL THREE TENORS CONCERT is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 and the soundtrack is truly marvelous. After listening to this DVD, I suddenly understood the power of opera. The Dolby Digital soundtrack gives the viewer a "you are there" feeling. The soundtrack is overwhelming, making it seem as if the three tenors were performing in your viewing room. Luciano Pavoratti, Plácido Domingo and José Carreras are the foremost tenors of this generation. Their joyful performances make the DVD release of the concert video the perfect introduction to opera for those who never experienced it. All three tenors are wonderful, but Luciano Pavarotti is truly outstanding. I personally was amazed by Pavoratti’s voice; when he sings, it is like listening to the songs of angels.

THE ORIGINAL THREE TENORS CONCERT was recorded in Terme di Caracalla, Roma and features conductor Zubin Mehta along with the Orchestra del Maggio Fiorentino and Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. The performances are truly wonderful and the encores are a special treat with all three tenors performing together. Domingo and Carreras really seem to be enjoying themselves and tweak Pavarotti a bit, adding good humor to the performance. Polygram Video has done a fine job transcribing THE ORIGINAL THREE TENORS CONCERT to DVD. The video recording appears fresh and colorful. Digital compression artifacts are hardly noticeable during most of the program. In addition to the superb Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, this DVD also offers matrixed Dolby Surround. The interactive menus offer chapter access to individual musical selections.

As I stated above, THE ORIGINAL THREE TENORS CONCERT is the perfect introduction to opera for those who never experienced it. Fans will love this concert on DVD for its rich and rewarding Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack.

 
THE ORIGINAL THREE TENORS CONCERT 



 

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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.


 

 

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